South African police fired rubber bullets and deployed tear gas on the third day of street protests over government services in parts of Johannesburg. The uprising in the Finetown neighbourhood of South Africa's biggest city followed unrest this week in nearby Eldorado Park and Ennerdale. Burning tyres and rocks were used to barricade the highway leading to the township and police warned motorists to use alternative routes and avoid the area.
Protesters throwing stones and burned tyres demanded land and housing, a common grievance in many areas of South Africa where people live in makeshift homes. The country's citizens, living in townships and shantytowns, have not seen the benefits of the end of white minority rule, more than two decades ago.